Designer of the day: Colin King – SURFACE

Here we ask designers to take a selfie and give us a glimpse into their lives.

Age: 34

Occupation: Stylist and product designer.

instagram: @colinking

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio.

Studio location: Tribeca, New York.

Describe what you make: Compositions, images and objects that explore scale, balance and restraint.

The most important thing you’ve designed so far: My Tribeca home and studio.

Describe the problem your work solves: We are so inundated with information. My work is an exploration of space, emptiness and silence. Brevity and empty space can magnify the intensity of an expression.

Describe the project you are currently working on: Various editorial and commercial styling projects, product design and creative direction. I’m also working on building a studio with a team to support more creative endeavors.

A new or upcoming project we should know about: Some upcoming collections with Beni Rugs and more accessories launched with Menu in the fall.

What you absolutely must have in your studio: The music is still playing in the studio. I currently enjoy Sault radio.

What you do when you’re not working: Stay curious and want to stay amazed by this city. I love New York so much. Art, films, plays and various performances. Studio visits to learn about other artists’ processes and see things from someone else’s perspective are eye-opening.

Sources of creative desire: Artists’ houses and studios. I constantly find myself referring to the houses of Picasso, Twombly, Bourgeois and O’Keefe. Live with art without constraints.

The distraction you want to eliminate: Social media.

Concrete or marble? Marble.

High-rise building or townhouse? Townhouse.

Remember or forget? Remember.

Aliens or ghosts? Aliens.

Dark or light? Dark.